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Wildlife is valuable to everyone. Whether you fish or simply enjoy the beauty and importance of the District’s wild animals, wildlife does matter. DDOE’s Fisheries and Wildlife Division is the guardian of the District of Columbia’s wildlife resources. Our goal is to enhance wildlife populations and conserve sensitive species by protecting them and by improving their habitat.The Wildlife Management Branch of the Fisheries and Wildlife Division is divided into sections that specialize in various wildlife-related issues; amphibians and reptiles, birds, mammals, invertebrates, invasive species and habitats. As a branch of the Fisheries and Wildlife Division (FWD) we coordinate our goals, objectives and activities with other divisions within DDOE.
The main objective of the Wildlife Branch is to identify, monitor and ultimately preventspecies of greatest conservation need and their habitat from becoming rare by implementing various wildlife surveys and other research that affects wildlife populations and benefits recreational users. These projects involve habitat manipulation, management of wildlife populations, and the creation of opportunities for people to enjoy wildlife.
Healthy wildlife populations depend on good habitat, so habitat maintenance and improvement receive much of our emphasis. In the District of Columbia, both public and private lands are important for wildlife. Public lands serve as a valued resource to mitigating development by maintaining quality habitat such as wetlands and other unique niches. On private lands, DDOE encourages homeowners to create backyard habitats to attract beneficial wildlife to their homes.
Information and data gained through monitoring provides the basic information needed for making sound scientific management decisions for evaluating development and growth and balancing it with sustainable wildlife populations.
Wildlife and You
- Bats - Butterflies - Cottontail Rabbits (form)
- Ducks - Lizards - Frogs
- Habitat - Turtles - Birds
- Invasive Plants - Snakes - Squirrels
- Salamanders - Nuisance Wildlife - Dragonflies & Damselflies
Information and Education
People enjoy learning about wildlife. The DDOE Wildlife Management Branch actively sponsors a variety of educational programs to increase the knowledge of District residents that have an interest in wildlife resources.As a part of this, the Wildlife Management Branch consist of an Aquatic Resources Education Program that provides angling instruction for beginners, water-related activities, and field trip experiences to come see our Aquatic Resources Education Center that features a variety of live animals and fish commonly encountered in our city.
Strong emphasis is placed on efforts to educate elementary and secondary students about the District’s natural resources. Our branch is actively involved in bringing Project WET and Project WILD into schools through our train-the-trainer workshops. Both Project WET and Project WILD are designed to supplement existing D.C. Public Schools’ curriculums and create an awareness and appreciation of our local natural resources.
For more information or scheduling a visit to our Aquatic Resources Education Center, please call 202-535-2260.